Shiv Sena to join Fadnavis govt; will get a third of berths while BJP gets top four

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley joined BJP president Amit Shah in the negotiations with the Sena.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Updated: November 2, 2014 2:25 pm
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Bal Thackeray’s memorial in Mumbai on Saturday. (Vasant Prabhu) Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Bal Thackeray’s memorial in Mumbai on Saturday. (Vasant Prabhu)

The Shiv Sena was likely to join Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s government in Maharashtra and get a third of ministerial berths, though not the post of deputy chief minister, it appeared on Saturday.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley joined BJP president Amit Shah in the negotiations with the Sena. Anil Desai, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s emissary, called on Jaitley.

Jaitley said for BJP and Sena to become allies in the Maharashtra government could be a matter of course. (Source: PTI photo) Jaitley said for BJP and Sena to become allies in the Maharashtra government could be a matter of course. (Source: PTI photo)

The government will be required to prove its majority during a three-day Assembly session later this month. The BJP is learnt to be inclined towards capping the ministry at 30 or 32 for now, 10 of which it is willing to leave to the Sena. The one-third formula is based on the seats the two parties have in the 288-member House: the BJP has 122, Sena 63, a ratio of 2:1.

While the BJP seemed agreeable to sharing some key infrastructure and social sector portfolios with the Sena, it has decided to keep the four most coveted ministries of Home, Revenue, Finance, Urban Development with itself.

The Sena will, however, join the government only after the trust vote. “There is no question of a cabinet expansion before the vote of trust in the assembly. Any exercise to induct the Shiv Sena will take place after the CM wins the vote of confidence,” a senior BJP leader said.

A day after the Sena president attended Fadnavis’s swearing-in ceremony, the chief minister paid floral tributes at the memorial to Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park. He was accompanied by his cabinet colleague Vinod Tawde.

Fadnavis’s initiative was intended to send out the signal of the BJP’s continuing reverence for the Sena’s founder. A top Sena leader told The Sunday Express that Uddhav had attended the swearing-in ceremony only after he had been assured that the BJP would prefer the Sena over the NCP as a partner in government.

The CM said on Saturday, “Talks between the BJP and Sena are moving in the right direction. They are positive.”

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    BigB
    Nov 2, 2014 at 7:42 am
    Had to happen. Both parties have strong politicians. Perhaps Uddhav was worse. He had to finally ask BJP not to chose NCP over him. Funny.
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    BigB
    Nov 2, 2014 at 7:42 am
    Had to happen. Both parties have strong politicians. Perhaps Uddhav was worse. He had to finally ask BJP not to chose NCP over him. Funny.
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    BigB
    Nov 2, 2014 at 7:40 am
    He will never badmouth anybody in public ever again in his life. A colleague of mine gave me a funny but very good advice. Never treat even a subordinate of yours badly. You never know you may be working under him in sometime down the line.
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    BigB
    Nov 2, 2014 at 7:40 am
    He will never badmouth anybody in public ever again in his life. A colleague of mine gave me a funny but very good advice. Never treat even a subordinate of yours badly. You never know you may be working under him in sometime down the line.
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    Vijay moharir
    Nov 3, 2014 at 1:25 am
    DEAR SIRS, DON'T HATE SENA TO SUCH AN EXTENT . SENA IS THE OLDEST SURVIVING PARTY IN INDIA AND WILL SURVIVE DESPITE HATREDS FROM PEOPLE LIKE ALL OF YOU. AND DO NOT KEEP BLIND FAITH ON BJP . IT IS THE SAME PARTY WHO HAS PROMISED RAM MANDIR . IT IS THE SAME PARTY PROMISED BLACK MONEY BACK IN HUNDRED DAYS. YOU PEOPLE HAVE POOR MEMORY AND BLUNTED YOUR MIND. NOW PM SAYS IN MAN KI BAT HE IS NOT AWARE OF THE AMOUNT OF FOREIGN BLACK MONEY . PM IS HYPNOTISING PEOPLE LIKE YOU. AWAKEN AND THINK INDEPENDENTLY-----
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    Vijay moharir
    Nov 3, 2014 at 1:25 am
    DEAR SIRS, DON'T HATE SENA TO SUCH AN EXTENT . SENA IS THE OLDEST SURVIVING PARTY IN INDIA AND WILL SURVIVE DESPITE HATREDS FROM PEOPLE LIKE ALL OF YOU. AND DO NOT KEEP BLIND FAITH ON BJP . IT IS THE SAME PARTY WHO HAS PROMISED RAM MANDIR . IT IS THE SAME PARTY PROMISED BLACK MONEY BACK IN HUNDRED DAYS. YOU PEOPLE HAVE POOR MEMORY AND BLUNTED YOUR MIND. NOW PM SAYS IN MAN KI BAT HE IS NOT AWARE OF THE AMOUNT OF FOREIGN BLACK MONEY . PM IS HYPNOTISING PEOPLE LIKE YOU. AWAKEN AND THINK INDEPENDENTLY-----
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    Sandeep[
    Nov 2, 2014 at 1:40 am
    with the inclusion of Sena we will have another corrupt Govt. Our Hopes are dashed Mumbai we will not vote BJP . It seems it bwas ber to vote BJP in this election
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    Deshpremee
    Nov 2, 2014 at 9:47 am
    We must condemn negative nationalism. Selfishness can not be nationalism. Understanding our countrymen is necessary aspect of nationalism. Unfortunately nobody wants to understand grievances of Marathi Indians. Shivsena Zindabad
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